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Veteran and activist Bolger to give Pauling peace lecture on April 30

Leah Bolger, former national president of Veterans for Peace, will give the annual Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Lecture for World Peace at Oregon State University on Tuesday, April 30.

Her talk, “Waging Peace,” begins at 7:30 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center's Austin Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Bolger served more than 20 years in the United States Navy, with tours of duty across the world. She received her master’s degree in national security and strategic affairs from the Naval War College in 1994 and was a military fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997. Since her retirement in 2000 with the rank of commander, she has dedicated herself to being a full-time peace activist.

After moving to Oregon in 2004, she formed the Linus Pauling Chapter of Veterans for Peace and served as its president for three years. In 2012 she became the first female president of the national Veterans for Peace.

Bolger has organized numerous public events, spoken before audiences large and small, presented workshops and served on panel discussions. She has testified before the Oregon Legislature, and has lobbied both state and federal officials. She has also been arrested numerous times for acts of civil disobedience.

The OSU lectureship honors Linus Pauling, an OSU graduate and two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and his wife, Ava Helen Pauling, a noted peace activist. It is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.

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Memoirist Dawn Raffel to read at OSU April 19

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Dawn Raffel will read from her illustrated memoir “The Secret Life of Objects” on Friday, April 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the rotunda of the Valley Library at Oregon State University.

The reading is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow.

“The Secret Life of Objects” was on Oprah's Summer Reading List and Best Memoir List for 2012. Raffel’s stories have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, Conjunctions, and numerous other periodicals and anthologies. She is now editor-at-large for the book section of “Readers Digest.”

Jane Ciabattari of the Chicago Tribune wrote of “The Secret Life of Objects”: “Her gift for capturing the nugget of a relationship in a single backward glance works beautifully in this illustrated memoir.”

Raffel’s appearance in Corvallis is part of the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film’s Visiting Writers Series, and is sponsored by The Valley Library, the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and the OSU Beaver Store.

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OSU faculty member honored in first Trans 100 list

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Qwo-Li Driskill of Oregon State University is an honoree of Trans 100, an inaugural overview of the breadth and diversity of work being done in, by and for the transgender community across the United States.

The 2013 Trans 100 list was created by We Happy Trans, a website that celebrates the positive experiences of transgender people, and This is H.O.W., a Phoenix-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of the lives of trans people. The first effort of its kind, the list intends to shift the coverage of trans issues by focusing on the positive work being accomplished, and providing visibility to those often underrepresented.

Driskill is an assistant professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, as well as a poet, performer, activist and scholar, who is developing new curriculum in Queer Studies at OSU. Driskill is a multiracial Cherokee Two-Spirit, an umbrella term used by indigenous North Americans for people outside of established gender binaries.

The project received more than 500 nominations in December 2012.

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Classic play by Sartre presented by OSU Theatre beginning April 18

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will present Jean-Paul Sartre’s classic existentialist comedy, “No Exit,” April 18-20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. A matinee performance will be held on April 21 beginning at 2 p.m.

This darkly funny play, directed by OSU student Abbey Pasquini, will appear in the lab theater in Withycombe Hall, 30th and Campus Way, Corvallis.

“No Exit” was written in 1944 during the German occupation of France and deals with what happens after death, and the punishment that might be waiting for the damned. There are no torture devices in this version of hell, just an uncomfortable room and two other people. As one of the characters in the play states, “Hell is other people.”

Director and designer Pasquini said she is eager to share this complex and philosophical work with audiences. “This play is a wonderful learning experience that is full of laughter, while also working through heavy, sometimes downright uncomfortable, philosophies,” she said.

The production features a cast of OSU students including seniors Claire Bryggman and Alycia Olivar and juniors Sam Thompson and Joseph Workman.

Tickets are on sale at the door only and are $6 for general admission, $5 for seniors, $4 for students/youth and $3 for OSU students.

For more information contact OSU Theatre Box Office 541-737-2784 or visit http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/

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OSU Choirs “Sing Out!” in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon State University will bring an annual event, “Sing Out: The Orange & Black Choral and Vocal Scholarship Concert,” to Portland on Sunday, April 21.

The concert, previously held only in Corvallis, benefits the Orange & Black Scholarship Fund, which helps OSU music programs attract and maintain talented singers to study vocal performance and choral music education.

It features the best that the award winning OSU vocal program has to offer, including performances by OSU Meistersingers, Bella Voce, and Chamber Choir, with instrumental accompaniment and soloists.

The event will be at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1200 S.W. Alder St. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available for purchase at TicketTomato.com. A limited number of free student tickets will be available at the door while seats last.

“This concert features Oregon State’s three premier choral ensembles in a performance to raise funds for scholarships that assist talented singers, many who come from Portland area high schools,” said Steven Zielke, director of choral studies. “It’s a great opportunity for us to share the quality of our program with our friends in Portland, and for our friends and alumni there to support a great cause.

“For Beaver fans in the Portland metro area who love singing, this is the ‘can’t miss’ concert of the year,” he said.

Highlights will include the OSU women’s choir, Bella Voce, performing the premiere of “Viva Sweet Love,” by Joan Szymko. The piece was commissioned for Bella Voce with funding from the Oregon State University Women’s Giving Circle. The choir will also perform “Wedding Qawwalli” by Ethan Sperry, with choreography by OSU student Daniel Fridley, a senior in music education and assistant conductor of the OSU Meistersingers. Bella Voce, directed by Tina Bull, is a select, 50-member chorus that performs each term and tours regionally and internationally.

The OSU Meistersingers, a 50-member, auditioned men’s ensemble, will perform “Dies Irae,” by Z. Randall Stroope, conducted by Fridley; the beautiful “Lux Aurumque,” by Eric Whitacre; and the traditional Celtic folk piece, “Loch Lomond,” featuring soloist Rich Meier, a senior in electrical engineering. The popular choir is conducted by Russell Christensen and performs in concert each term, tours regionally, and frequently entertains at community and campus sporting and special events.

Chamber Choir, OSU’s preeminent vocal ensemble, is a mixed voice choir comprised of 47 carefully selected singers, directed by Zielke. The choir will perform Movement One (“O Come, Let Us Worship”) of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “All Night Vigil,” as well as Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night,” and a Mark Butler arrangement of the traditional spiritual, “Signs of the Judgment.” The Chamber Choir performs on campus each term and tours regionally or internationally each spring.

As is tradition at many Oregon State University choral events, the audience will have an opportunity to sing along with the choirs on “Carry Me Back,” the OSU alma mater song.

In May, all three choirs will head to New York for a tour that includes a performance in Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center. That concert will feature three OSU alumni soloists who have launched professional singing careers.

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Play detailing the life of Frida Kahlo comes to OSU on April 26

“Frida, un Retablo,” a play detailing the creative life of acclaimed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, will be presented at Oregon State University on Friday, April 26, beginning at 7 p.m.

The performance will take place in the Lab Theatre of Withycombe Hall, 30th and Campus Way, Corvallis. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; latecomers will not be seated.

Written by Dañel Malán of Portland’s Teatro Milagro (Miracle Theater), the play follows the iconic Kahlo through her life as a visual artist, while intertwining the story of the streetcar accident that left her crippled and her torrid relationship with the muralist Diego Rivera.

The play was initially performed by Teatro Milagro in 2007, and was brought back by the group due to popular demand.

In this newest rendition, three Fridas take the stage: Tricia Castañeda-González as Frida, Dañel Malán as the spirit of Frida, and Oregon State alumnus Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi as Old Frida. Daniel Moreno plays Diego Rivera, and the play is directed by Gabriela Portuguez.

The performance is sponsored by Teatro Milagro in conjunction with OSU’s Center for Latin@ Studies and Oregon State University Theatre.

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Susana Rivera-Mills, 541-737-4586

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(left to right) Dañel Malán, Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi, Tricia Castañeda-Gonzáles, and Daniel Moreno in Milagro's production of "Frida, un retablo", a play detailing the creative life of one of Mexico’s most acclaimed artists, Frida Kahlo, will show at Oregon State University on April 26 at 7 p.m. (photo by Russell J. Young)

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